It has been the 346th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression.
What happened in Ukraine today:
Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6pm:
The enemy is regrouping in certain directions. The main efforts are focused on offensive operations towards Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka.
There were 9 enemy attacks from multiple launch rocket systems.
Towards Volyn, Polissia, Siversk and Sloboda, the situation remains unchanged, the enemy continues to maintain its military presence in border areas with Ukraine. However, no offensive groups of invaders were found. At the same time, Senkivka of Chernihiv oblast, Hlyboke, Zelene, Neskuchne, Starytsia, Vovchansk, Chuhunivka and Velykyi Burluk of Kharkiv oblast were shelled.
Towards Kupiansk, the enemy shelled Dvorichna, Hrianivka, Kupiansk, Peshche, Kyslivka and Krokhmalne of Kharkiv oblast, as well as Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka of Luhansk oblast.
Towards Lyman, Terny of Donetsk oblast and Makiivka, Ploshchanka and Dibrova of Luhansk oblast were shelled.
Towards Bakhmut, Spirne, Berestove, Vesele, Bilohorivka, Rozdolivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Bila Hora, Druzhba, Maiorsk and Niu York came under fire.
Towards Avdiivka, the enemy shelled Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Heorhiivka, Marinka, Pobieda, and Novomykhailivka.
Towards Novopavlivka, tank, mortar and artillery shelling was carried out near Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Neskuchne, Vremivka and Velyka Novosilka of Donetsk oblast.
Towards Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, shelling from mortars, barreled and rocket artillery was carried out in Huliaipole, Charivne, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Orikhiv, Shcherbaky of Zaporizhia oblast, as well as Antonivka and Kherson.
To replenish losses in manpower, the enemy is trying to attract convicted women to participate in hostilities. During the week, the occupiers recruited about 50 people from the women’s correctional colony of the city of Snizhne in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk oblast. It is also known that they are sent to the russian federation for training.
Aviation launched 3 strikes targeting buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment. Units of the rocket forces and artillery of the Defense Forces of Ukraine hit a control point, 2 buildups of enemy manpower, an anti-aircraft missile system and a warehouse of fuel and lubricants.
Head of the Presidential Office Andrii Yermak reports that there was another exchange of prisoners. 116 people returned to Ukraine. Among the liberated are 87 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 2 from the USN, 8 troopers, 8 from the National Guard, 6 from the National Police, 5 from the SBGS, 2 from the Navy and 1 representative of the State Emergency Service. There are 2 officers and 114 privates and sergeants. The bodies of the fallen foreign volunteers, Christopher Matthew Perry and Andrew Tobias Matthew, as well as the body of the deceased volunteer soldier, a Ukrainian who served in the French Foreign Legion, Yevhenii Kulyk, were also returned.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announces that there was a large-scale technological accident at a high-voltage substation in Odessa oblast. Due to the accident, it is impossible to provide even critical infrastructure. A round-the-clock headquarters has been created to eliminate the accident. Round-the-clock Invincibility Centres will be opened in the city.
Recent war events in the east of Ukraine
On February 3, the enemy fired at the border settlements of Chuhuiv, Kharkiv and Kupiansk regions. Dvorichna, Kupiansk, Ohirtseve, Vovchansk and other settlements. In Kupiansk, the infrastructure of a civilian enterprise was damaged.
Head of the Kharkiv RMA, Oleh Syniehubov, reported that in Dvorichna, an apartment on the second floor of a residential building was hit. Private buildings and outbuildings were also damaged. There were no casualties.
According to the Kharkiv RMA, on February 3, 8 teenagers were injured as a result of the explosion of a Butterfly anti-personnel mine in Izium. 7 of them have shrapnel wounds. One girl has an acute stress reaction. The condition of the victims is light, their lives are not in danger. However, all the children were taken to the Kharkiv hospital for additional examination.
The night before, russians launched two more missile strikes on the outskirts of Kramatorsk, damaging outbuildings, but causing no casualties.
Towards Volnovakha, Novoukrainka and Vuhledar were under attack, no casualties.
Towards Donetsk, 3 people were injured and 8 buildings damaged in Kurakhivka. In the morning, there was massive shelling of the old part of Avdiivka with no casualties.
Towards Horlivka, 1 person was killed and 7 injured in Toretsk. 34 buildings, 2 kindergartens, an outpatient clinic, a library, an Administrative Service Centre, a house of culture, a newspaper office and a Ukrposhta building were damaged. Another 3 people were injured, an apartment building and an administrative building damaged in Bakhmut. Intense shelling continues in Paraskoviivka of the Soledar community, with numerous destructions.
Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, informed that towards Lysychansk, there were about 20 attacks on Torske and Zarichne of the Lyman community. In total, russians killed 2 residents and injured 14 more.
Referring to Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukraine has returned 116 more servicemen from russian captivity. Among them are defenders of Mariupol, Kherson partisans and snipers from Bakhmut. They also managed to return the bodies of dead foreign volunteers and Ukrainian soldiers.
Based on the information provided by the humanitarian aid group Global Response Medicine (GRM), American volunteer Pete Reed was killed in Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine while providing aid to civilians.
The units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of Hrekivka, Nevske, Kreminna and Dibrova.
The Luhansk RMA reports that towards Kupiansk, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars and artillery in Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka. Towards Lyman, the russians shelled Makiivka, Chervopopivka, and Dibrova.
The Air Force of the Defense Forces carried out 8 strikes on enemy buildups of manpower and equipment. 4 enemy Orlan-10 UAVs were destroyed. Rocket launchers and gunners hit a control post, 2 enemy buildups and 1 heavy flamethrower system “Sontsepiok” (“Scorching sunlight”) .
The Luhansk RMA reports that bread, medicines, warm clothes and stoves were delivered to liberated Hrekivka, Makiiivka and Nevske in the Luhansk oblast. The policemen delivered bread to local residents.
Since mid-December, the occupiers have had problems with payment of salaries in the budgetary sphere. People cannot get a salary unless they get russian passports.
Pro-government circles of the russian federation consider it necessary to speed up issuing new passports to residents of the so-called ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’. They claim that the residents of the pseudo-republic for some reason face a number of problems because they do not have appropriate documents.
Serhii Haidai, Head of the Luhansk RMA, said that due to numerous losses of the occupiers, there is a significant demand for prostheses on the occupied territories. Therefore, training in the production of bionic prostheses for specialists of the Luhansk Prosthetic and Orthopedic Plant will be organized on the basis of the moscow Prosthetic and Orthopedic Enterprise, and negotiations regarding the supply of the necessary equipment are underway.
What is happening now in the north of Ukraine
“Offensive Guard” brigades are being formed in Kyiv Oblast. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has announced the formation of 8 brigades of the National Police, the State Border Guard Service, and the National Guard to enhance the Defense Forces in liberation of Ukrainian territory. These units are formed by volunteers only.
The Obukhiv RMA reported that the Vice President of the German Bundestag Katrin Goering-Eckardt visited Kyiv and Vasylkiv. The Vice President of the Bundestag witnessed terrible consequences of the bombing of the Vasylkiv community and assured her support for Ukraine which is defending its freedom, territorial integrity and democratic principles against the barbaric invasion of russia. Also, Kathrin Gering-Eckardt visited Bucha and Borodianka. She posted this information on her Twitter account.
The village council reports that residential buildings damaged by the russian missile attack are being restored in the Makariv region. Roofs were repaired in three damaged houses. UNHCR construction workers help restore damaged housing infrastructure. Earlier, as a result of russian missile attacks on January 14, residential and commercial buildings in 27 households in Kopyliv village were damaged.
During the meeting with representatives of the French company BETEN International, the Kyiv RMA discussed strategic planning for Kyiv oblast restoration. They discussed reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by the war as part of the Phoenix Horizon 2035 project. This program is aimed at developing settlements with reference to time and space and increasing community resilience.
According to the Kyiv City State Administration, Ukraine’s first Stress Resilience Center will open in Kyiv in spring. The employees of the center will provide psychological assistance based on Israeli experience, but taking into account the Ukrainian one. It is noted that the Center’s specialists will try to prevent stressful traumatic conditions among people, and provide psychological support to various social and professional groups.
The Kyivstar cellular provider will arrange Spaces of Warmth for Ukrainians with free Wi-Fi access, gadget charging stations, recreation areas, and hot beverages. The first center has already been opened in Irpin.
The city council reports that Austria donated laptops for kindergartens in the Bucha community. Now 8 kindergartens of the community and the pre-school department of Bucha Primary School No. 11 have equipment to teach their children instead of the one lost during the occupation. In total, the Austrian government donated 70 laptops, which are now used in educational institutions, the social policy department and other city services.
According to the Kyiv Regional State Administration, an educational Hub project has been launched in Kyiv oblast. The courses “First Psychological Aid in Emergency Situations”, “State and Me: Digital Education”, “Google Knowledge”, “Be Your Own Electrical Engineer”, “Be Your Own Welder” and others have been conducted in the oblast. Project participants gained useful knowledge and practical skills.
Three power engineers from Zhytomyr were awarded the Order of Merit of the III degree. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, they have been working hard to restore the energy infrastructure destroyed by the enemy. According to the power engineers, one of the most difficult trips they made was to Kherson oblast, where they managed to restore power to many towns and villages in the south liberated from the enemy.
Zhytomyr expects a European grant of EUR 8 million to build 4 apartment buildings for IDPs. The authorities plan to contribute to the project EU Support to Housing for Internally Displaced People in Zhytomyr and approve the Grant Agreement between the Zhytomyr City Council and the European Commission. The relevant draft decision is published on the website of the city council.
A JCB excavator will be given to Zhytomyrteplocomunenergo, and a Skoda Octavia — to the City Development Agency. The excavator will be delivered to the Zhytomyr City Council by Tetra Tech ES, Inc. which is the contractor for the USAID-funded international technical assistance project. The vehicle was handed over by the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania.
The russians opened mortar fire at the Bilopillia community in Sumy oblast. In total, there were 20 incoming shells. The Sumy RMA reported that there were no casualties or damage to infrastructure facilities.
In Trostyanets, family-type orphanages received warm clothes, toys and sweets from ordinary citizens and volunteers from the Hague. The adults taking care of the children were grateful for the help, and the children’s eyes shone with happiness. This is the second batch of humanitarian aid from the Netherlands.
Horodnia and Semenivka communities of Chernihiv oblast came under enemy fire yesterday. More than two dozen mortar bombs exploded in the border area of the Horodnya community. Also, russian invaders opened fire twice from 120-mm mortars at the territory of the Semenivka community. There were 33 incoming shells. The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that there were no casualties as a result of the shelling.
At about 12 pm, a russian UAV was spotted near the village of Kliusy, Chernihiv oblast. The enemy drone dropped 2 grenades. RBC-Ukraine reported with reference to the ‘North’ Operational Command that there were no casualties among military personnel, equipment or civilians.
Rescuers from the Koriukiv Regional Department of the State Emergency Service conducted online lessons for students of the Blystiv Secondary School of the Mena City Council, Turyanska Gymnasium of the Snovsk City Council, and Naumivska Gymnasium of the Koriukiv City Council. According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Chernihiv Oblast, rescuers explained basic rules of behavior during martial law and various emergency situations. Special attention was paid to mine safety.
Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine
According to Head of the regional council, Mykola Lukashuk, the enemy shelled the Marhanets community in the Nikopol region from heavy artillery at night.
A rally in support of the captured Azovstal defenders took place in Vinnytsia. About 40 motorists took part in the rally, who drove in a column with Ukrainian flags from the eastern to the western part of the city. The flags and posters had an appeal not to forget about the captured defenders: “Fight for them as they fought for us.”
In Vinnytsia, the All-Ukrainian Unity Centre was opened for internally displaced persons. It was placed in Donetsk National University named after Vasyl Stus. IDPs are able to spend their leisure time and communicate there, discuss their problems and find solutions.
In Vinnytsia, third-grader Sashko donated 4,450 hryvnias to the Pishchanski Liudy charitable foundation. The boy collected these funds during the Christmas holidays. 25 kilograms of paraffin and 5 kilograms of stearin were purchased to manufacture trench candles for the defenders.
The Svitlovodsk community received another batch of aid from the Red Cross Society of Ukraine. To meet the humanitarian needs of internally displaced persons, the Red Cross provided food and hygiene kits, baby diapers, mattresses, blankets, etc. The aid will be distributed primarily among the IDPs.
Oleksii Mykhailichenko, a graduate of the Poltava Polytechnic, designed a model of a ground drone that can be used, in particular, by rescuers and the military.
Military servicemen on the front line received cars from Reshetiliv benefactors. With the support of the citizens and entrepreneurs from the community, volunteers purchased several cars that are already operating on the front lines.
Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine
Towards Zaporizhzhia, the situation did not change significantly. The enemy focused its main efforts on holding the occupied positions. There were 156 attacks on Ukrainian defenders’ positions from tanks, rocket and barrel artillery along the entire contact line.
According to the National Security Service in Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers shelled civilian infrastructure in Malynivka, Huliaipole, Huliaipilske, Kamianske, Chervone, Zatyshshia, Yehorivka, Zaliznychne, Orikhiv, Mali Shcherbaky, Novodanylivka, Olhivske, Mala Tokmachka, Charivne, Shcherbaky, Poltavka, Zelenyi Hai, Novoselivka, Shevchenko, Novokarlivka, Bilohiria, Stepove, Plavni, Stepnohirsk, Zarichne, and Komyshuvakha.
According to the Zaporizhzhia RMA, 36 reports were received about the destruction of houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure objects as a result of shelling by russian military personnel.
Yesterday, the enemy shelled the settlement and the water area of the Ochakiv community with anti-aircraft missiles twice. As a result, residential and farm buildings were damaged. There are no casualties.
The Mykolaiv RMA reported that yesterday at noon, the enemy struck the Kutsurub community with barrel artillery. There were no damages or injuries.
Two Mykolaiv marines of the 36th separate brigade of marines named after Rear-Admiral Mykhailo Bilinskyi returned from russian captivity. They are awaiting treatment and rehabilitation.
According to the ‘South’ Operational Command, the night was relatively calm in Odesa oblast. There were no air raid sirens and shelling. As of yesterday evening, the enemy made another maneuver in the Black Sea. The russian ship grouping was reduced to seven units. Missile carriers and landing ships returned to their home bases.
In the morning, an accident occurred at one of the key energy infrastructure facilities in Odesa oblast. Some communities and the city of Odesa were left without electricity. The power company managed to restore power supply to a third of consumers within a day.
Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko is in Odesa. He assured that the emergency headquarters is working 24/7. So, the city will be provided with water and heat. To help Odesa, 31 powerful generators were delivered.
russian invaders fired at peaceful towns and villages of Kherson oblast 47 times, using artillery, MLRS, mortars and tanks.
The enemy army attacked Kherson 6 times. The shells hit a residential area and a private enterprise.
According to the Kherson RMA, 1 person was killed in the oblast due to russian shelling, and another 3 injured.
According to the Kherson RMA, local healthcare facilities received 6 tonnes of dairy products provided by JM Wirtschaftsberatungs- und Handels GmbH. The aid was made possible thanks to cooperation with the Consul General of Ukraine in Düsseldorf, Iryna Shum.
Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine
In Lutsk, IDPs managed to enhance their digital skills on the basis of eDopomoga, eOselia and eRobota platforms, as well as Diia portal, Diia.Digital education and Diia.Business.
The RMA reported that Volyn border guards received a powerful diesel generator.
The sports school Kolos received a diesel generator. The equipment was sent by the RMA’s permanent partner in the humanitarian sphere – the Swedish Aid Center.
The Humanitarian Center of the Zakarpattia Regional Council sent humanitarian aid, namely, food, medices, medical devices and materials, hygiene products for children, etc, to the Saltivka district in Kharkiv.
The RMA representatives took part in the meeting of the Monitoring Committee to discuss the Cross-Border Cooperation Program INTERREG NEXT Poland – Ukraine 2021-2027 in Lublin. The meeting aimed at strengthening cooperation between the Lublin Voivodeship and Zakarpattia.
4 servicemen of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade, who were in russian captivity, returned to Prykarpattia after the war prisoner exchanges that took place on December 31 and January 8. The fighters received all the necessary treatment and rehabilitation.
Within the framework of the Program USAID is GOOD, a meeting for partner communities of Western Ukraine was held. Ivano-Frankivsk oblast is among 10 oblasts where the Program is effective. The situation in communities and best practices were discussed.
In Lviv, at the Native Center, psychologists will work for free with children who are experiencing the loss of loved ones in the war. The Center’ activities target teenagers aged 14 and over, but they will not refuse work to those children who are younger, and if necessary, they are ready to work with adults as well.
A bulletproof vest provided by the Lviv Defense Cluster helped evacuate and rescue a 6-year-old girl from Bakhmut, who lived with her grandparents in a house destroyed by shelling. To the sounds of explosions, the police took her out of the building and brought to Sloviansk, where she was finally able to reunite with her pregnant mother.
The RMA reported that during last week, 8 more Invincibility Centers were launched in Rivne oblast. Now there are 256 of them in the oblast and everyone can warm up, charge gadgets or use the Internet there.
The RMA conducted a meeting with Director of the Department of Development of Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Petr Gandalovich. Aid to IDPs in Ternopil oblast was discussed.
The RMA signed a memorandum of cooperation between the Ternopil RMA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Program Decentralization Brings Better Results and Efficiency (DOBRE). In the following years, the DOBRE program will provide consulting assistance to the communities of Ukraine.
Last year, 54 shelters were repaired, built or reconstructed in educational institutions of Khmelnytskyi, UAH 15 million spent on this. This year, another UAH 10 million is provided by the budget.
In Khmelnytskyi, one of the educational institutions presented a model shelter for over 800 people. The shelter was reconstructed thanks to the Safe School program, which is implemented by the International Charity Organization Eastern Europe Foundation in cooperation with the State Emergency Service. Part of the funds was allocated from the city budget.
Volunteers of the Help Foresters CF purchased an anti-drone gun for the fighters defending Bakhmut. The cost of one KVS ANTIDRON-G6 control channel suppression hardware complex is UAH 485K.
It is reported that the RMA and the Oshchadbank board signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of local business development.
The State Archive of Chernivtsi oblast received humanitarian aid, namely, a generator, a dehumidifier, lights, portable chargers and acid-free paper. The cargo arrived as part of the museum’s initiative aimed at preservation of cultural heritage in the conditions of war and its post-crisis recovery from the Heritage Rescue Headquarters and the Tustan LOGO.
Within the framework of the Program USAID is GOOD, a meeting for partner communities of Western Ukraine was held. Chernivtsi oblast is among 10 oblasts where the Program is effective. Partner communities and DOBRE experts discussed work plans and the situation in communities, as well as best practices of cooperation.
International support of Ukraine in the russian-Ukrainian war (russia’s invasion of Ukraine)
The Pentagon announced a new aid package for Ukraine in the amount of $2.2 billion. It will include air defenses including two Hawk air defense systems, precision guided missiles and more.
Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reported that the EU allocated the first billion for Ukraine’s reconstruction after the war. She added that the new package of sanctions against the russian federation will amount to EUR 10 billion.
For the first time, the USA handed over the confiscated funds of a russian oligarch to Ukraine. $5.4 million will be used to restore the war-ravaged Ukraine.
Official representative of the German government, Steffen Hebestreit, confirmed that Berlin approved the plans of the German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall to sell dozens of old Leopard-1 to Kyiv after repairs for a total amount of over EUR 100 million.
Minister of Defense of France, Sebastien Lecornu, stated that France and Italy will deliver the modern SAMP/T-MAMBA anti-missile system to Ukraine in the spring of 2023. This is the only European-made air defense system capable of intercepting ballistic missiles.
Representative of the Pentagon, Brigadier General of the US Air Force, Patrick Ryder, stated that the USA will provide Ukraine with GLSDB missiles with a range of up to 150 km.
Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, announced that his country plans to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Switzerland is discussing the possibility of selling its tanks for a symbolic price of one franc to any of the countries that volunteer to send them to Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Poland reported that training of the Ukrainian military on Leopard tanks has begun in the country.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has approved a land lot to construct the Bayraktar service center to provide UAVs repair and modernization, as well as staff training.
The EU has agreed to provide Ukraine with an interim assessment of its implementation of 7 criteria, which will speed up the start of accession talks. This is stated in the final document of the Ukraine-EU summit.
The EU agreed on a price limit for russian oil products. This makes $100 per barrel of oil products from the russian federation, traded at a premium, and $45 per barrel at a discount.
European and Ukrainian telecommunications operators signed a new joint statement-memorandum declaring the six-month extension of agreements on affordable roaming for Ukrainians who ended up in various European countries due to the war.
Prosecutor General, Peter Frank, announced that Germany has collected evidence of war crimes in Ukraine ‘in a three-digit range’.
President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen stated that the Center for Investigation of Crimes in Ukraine will be created in the Hague.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense of Poland, Mariusz Blaszczak. They discussed strengthening the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Ludwig Odman, an artist from Sweden, creates drawings in support of Ukraine and ridicules the ‘second army of the world’ in his works. He sold 30 graphic works to buy an ambulance for Ukrainian defenders.
In the USA, an exhibition of Ukrainian artist Mariia Prymachenko is held. Among the presented works are Beast of War and Bird of Hope. The exhibition also features 25 works by modern Ukrainian artists, created during the full-scale military invasion of russia in Ukraine.
Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аnna Efremova
Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya
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